Turkey Frying Safety

Have a Safe and Delicious Holiday

The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) offers tips to holiday cooks who plan to deep-fry their holiday bird. To minimize injuries or house fires, the fire department recommends residents know how to safely use the fryer and take precautions to protect them, guests, and their homes.

View the safety video and follow the recommended safety tips for holiday cooking.

Safety Tips

  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Frying a bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Keep outdoor fryers off wooden decks or on combustible material and out of garages and away from trees and other structures.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it while in use.
  • Completely thaw the turkey and dry before cooking. Mixing ice or water into hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Do not overfill the fryer. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Use a fryer with temperature controls and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. Turn the fryer off if the oil is smoking.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear goggles, use oven mitts and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Skip the stuffing and avoid water-based marinades when frying turkey.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer and use infrared heat to fry the turkey.